Troubadour Westkust
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #49
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,841
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
200
From:
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  38
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Black Imperial IPA, brewed with 100% Belgian ‘Westkust’ hops. Dark and bitter ale with hoppy flavours. Refermented in the bottle.

Troubadour 'Westkust' is a dark, almost black beer with 9.2% alc V / V with a hoppy aroma, roasted malt, coffee and light notes of chocolate and vanilla. The taste is a balance between the taste of roasted malt and coffee followed by a strong but pleasant bitterness that slowly gets the upper hand and ensures a long hoppy finish.
Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 200 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BobbyOlson:
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 09, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry earthy hops with some dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a mxi between some roasted malt with dry bitter notes with some earth hops with and almost astringent finish. Body is light with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too much astringency to be truly enjoyable.

Oct 18, 2013
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BeerTruck from Portugal

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 14, 2015
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8.6%.
Appearance: Chocolate brown, Two fingers of creamy and frothy light tan head, Nice lacing, Great retention.
Aroma: Dark fruit (prune, cherry, raisin), Bittersweet chocolate, Caramel malt, Floral hops, Toast, Slight coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body, Slightly creamy, Slightly sticky,
Flavour: Roasted malt, Strong hop bitterness, Slight chocolate, Slight citrus, Dark fruit (cherry, prune, raisin).
Overall:

Review: 134

Feb 16, 2020
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Jan 25, 2014
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Stoutsman from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Oct 15, 2012
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gwydno from Spain

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 19, 2015
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BlackHaddock from England

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle: BBD 25th Apr 2016. Drank on 30th Jan 2014 in 't Brugs Beertje.

Pours almost a true black, but it's really dark, dark brown with a deep red hue: lightly tanned head.

Burnt malts rule the nose, they also take over the taste but not as much as in the aroma.

In the mouth dark fruit flavours within a chocolate bar and a bittering hop undertone stop the beer becoming one dimensional and help to hide the 9.2% ABV which is always hanging around in the background.

Different and most enjoyable.

Feb 12, 2014
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1pt. 9.4oz.brown bottle

Troubadour Westkust Black Imperial IPA changed the color of my clear tulip glass to a very dark - almost black hue that exhibited a red cast when held up to the light. Atop sat a nice creamy and frothy 2-finger tan head that over [a long] time was reduced to chunks of sticky lacing that held to the sides of the glass. A nice looking ale. The nose is dominated by roasted malt, coffee and light notes of chocolate and citrus hops. The taste starts out rich and sweet with toasty malt (caramel and chocolate) followed by dry citrus hops with a lingering light bitter finish. The mouth feel is thick, smooth and a little sticky.

Overall, a pleasant ale that drinks like an English Stout but finishes like an IPA..

Jul 10, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 21, 2016
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Feb 16, 2013
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thierrynantes from France

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark red brown colour with tan foamy head, with nice lacing.
Smell : roasted malt and caramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and hoppy flavors with a bitter long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Black IPA.

Dec 06, 2013
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vickersspitfire from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is awesomely captivating as you pour it out, dark fruits, some spices and mild roasted malts mixed in with some light coffee smells all collaborate together to work up your appetite for this ale. It looks like a great ale, thick fluffy head filled to the max with billowy bubbles, very creamy and all rounded together by a thick wall of lacing. Did I mention it’s a tan color! The body of the beer is very dark; I can’t even get any other hues when held up to the sunlight, its simply dark brown mixed in with some reds creating an almost black body. Crisp and sharp at first, it reminds me more of a stout at this point. It’s slightly creamy and the mouth feel is medium to thin, leaning on the thin side. Its mildly tart overall and the dark fruits and spices come out as it hits the center of your tongue, the roasted malts and coffee flavors come out right before the aftertaste kicks in. As it warms up, the mouth feel become a little thicker and is definitely a medium bodied beer, the aftertaste remains the same, slightly bitter with dark chocolate and tart berries.

Mar 16, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 04, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not listed on the draft menu at Gollem, the bartender recommended that I give this Imperial Black Ale a whirl. Trusting him this time reaped a major reward. On to the beer:

The color is black as ink and topped with a long lasting head which leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. One smell had me feeling for good things to come. The aroma is very strong and brings burnt chocolate, brownies, and plenty of resin. Bring it on!

This is Belgian ale, but it tastes very American. The taste is powerful, leading off with semi-sweet chocolate and a big hoppy flavor. The hops bring a tea-like flavor. It also brings burnt leaves, yet despite all this, the big malt and big hops manage to work together instead of trying to one-up each other. It's full bodied and smooth, with the final touch being an ABV level which is hidden very well.

Now that's what I call being impressed! This is not your usual Belgian ale in terms of beauty, finess, or character. This is a beast of an ale, and well excecuted. An absolute must try if you find it.

May 18, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, white foil, capped bottle. Thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. Wow, there's a hop varietal called 'West Coast' in Belgium? Heh, imitation, and all that.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark russet brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, slick, and bulbous beige head, which leaves some stellar distant storm system lace around the glass as it slowly dissolves.

It smells of well roasted caramel malt, aged orange and grapefruit juice, earthy yeast, dark chocolate-covered cherries, subtle dry coffee, plum wine, and leafy, faintly piney hops. The taste is more lightly toasted caramel malt, salted toffee, astringent black fruit - prunes, cherry, and raisin - yeasty whole wheat bread, long-unraked leaves, bittersweet chocolate, weak coffee, strong herbal tea, and more leafy, citrusy, and pinecone hops.

The carbonation is fairly active, in a low-key, almost soothing manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as can be, given the invasive nature of the citrus and pine hop notes. It finishes off-dry, the roasted bready caramel malt, dwindling yeast, dark fruit, and bitter citrus and pine hops all still in play.

A rather well-wrought Cascadian ale, the roasted character not interfering, or worse, detracting from the hoppy and fruity side of things. Instead, a gentle balance is achieved, wherein the big ABV is obfuscated, and the itinerant flavours melded. Cool that the hops here are all Belgian, because I could have sworn otherwise - old world, this is certainly not, however, a bit of that region's brewing ethos does seem to gradually seep in.

Oct 31, 2013
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Top stamped with best by 19 NOV 2018.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 2 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and thick lingering lacing.
S: A modest shot of grassy hops and roasted malt hits up front. This gives way to dry chocolate, hint of molasses, coffee, vanilla, an assortment of hop notes (citrus, herbal, and pine), and soft clove and spearmint. Very nice complexity and balance here! With warming, the darker malt notes become stronger.
T: Dark dry chocolate, soft vanilla, thick molasses, soft citrus, herbal grass, clove, pepper, dark roasted malt, coffee with cream, wood smoke, and subtle cherry and hint of pine.
M: This is quite the magic trick...this one tastes heavy and yet once you actually pay attention to the feel it is quite light. Impressive for 9.2%. Dry, roasty, restrained bitterness, with subdued chocolate and fruit sweetness. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate too.
D: The balance here is perfection and the mouthfeel is exquisite. Very well constructed and interesting brew. I was a bit leary of a Belgian black imperial IPA, but this surprised me and ended up being a wonderful treat.

Mar 12, 2016
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 11, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Sep 07, 2012
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whoneeds8 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass black with a HUGE white head. The head retention is AWESOME. The Lacing . . . seriously, I don't think I've ever seen lacing down the glass like this. The retention and lacing alone deserves the 5, it's literally a "hey, look at this" moment.

I have a lack of scent, and really can't point anything out on the scent of this beer.

The taste has alot of coffee, cocoa, and carmel. There's alot of dark roasted flavors in the palette. Not much Belgian yeast flavor that I would expect.

I agree with the previous review, this really is more like an Imperial Export Stout. Mouthfeel has about that much body, not thick like an IRS, but not like a IPA either. Carbonation is good.

Sep 01, 2012
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some light caramel colored highlights. Large 2+ finger tan colored head is dense and long lasting. Good sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some earthy hops. Some caramel and a little pine. Smells more like an porter with some hops than a black IPA. Fairly subdued all around.

Roasted malt, light coffee, and caramel. Light hops, earthy, piney, and slightly floral. Pretty smooth. Blends well.

Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Hops are present but not much bite. Creamy roasty aftertaste.

Nicely done beer. A bit lacking on the nose but smooth taste and good creamy mouth feel.

Mar 15, 2016
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spycow from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 03, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy brown color with an off white head, Lace is left behind and looks like a well hopped black ale. The aroma has toffee, leather, herbal tea and candy sweetness. The taste has ample pithy citrus and pine needle sap, brown sugar, and iced tea. Nice semi sweet and bitter flavors working together, hops and Belgian yeast. Sugary, yet slightly hoppy and dry, Well rounded, well balanced dark Belgian IPA. Perhaps the best of a rare breed.

Dec 29, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

May 23, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours brown with a lasting head.
Nose shows complex roasted malt with chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee and oatmeal notes along with very soft spicy and resinous hops. Lovely.
The complex roasted malt follows as a flavour with more coffee. Some booze follows, lending a coffee liqueur character. Not all that much hops but there's some definite resinous and piny notes. Well-balanced bitterness in the finish.
Nice soft carbonation, but it could be upped a little.

Feb 11, 2013
Troubadour Westkust from The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 200 ratings